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'Florence' quilt

Here's the quilt I have just finished for my daughter. She chose the fabrics and the general design. It's a couch quilt to snuggle under in winter!

 

The quilt is named for Florence Broadhurst because the fabric patterns remind us of her 1970s wallpapers.

 

"The complex, eccentric and talented woman who was Florence Broadhurst was born in rural Queensland, Australia in 1899.

 

By the time of her death in 1977 Florence Broadhurst had lived and worked in Australia, Asia, and England; performed professionally on stage; been befriended by royalty; exhibited her paintings; and started an internationally successful wallpaper company whose success was based upon her own designs. She also found time to run a trucking company, start up a dress salon, play marbles with a strong competitive streak and agitate for women’s rights."

 

As would befit such a colourful character, she was murdered while at work - aged in her mid-70s.

 

More info here - www.signatureprints.com.au/aboutus/aboutus_flobro.html

 

The site includes examples of her wallpaper and fabric designs.

 

She is close to my heart cos I also was born in rural Queensland, and, though I have done some exotic travelling (e.g. pre-Taliban Afghanistan) I have nowhere near her breadth of achievements.

 

Australian cinemas were showing a feature biopic about her in 2006.

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Taken on August 4, 2007